Most young people consume little or no cannabis. Few people smoke weed regularly and often.
Among 15- and 17-year-olds in 2018, a quarter of schoolchildren in Austria said they smoked weed at least once in their lives.
In this age group, the proportion of boys who have used cannabis at least once in the past month has increased slightly over the past few years.
Many young people smoked pot once and then released it. Most people who smoke weed do so occasionally. However, some people smoke weed very often.
Most of the cannabis in Austria is not used by young people, but by people between the ages of 20 and 24. Of these, about 8% said in 2015 that they smoked weed at least once in the last 30 days.
Boys and girls.
Young girls use cannabis less often than boys. There may be many reasons for this. Perhaps women are more cautious and generally more skeptical about illicit drugs.
Young people are also more dangerous among those young people who regularly smoke weed.
There are more young men who smoke weed frequently than young women. This is why they have more cannabis-related problems.
Adults smoke weed too, but less often.
The older people are, the less often they smoke weed. Smoking weed becomes less important with age.
Especially teenagers and young people smoke weed. But cannabis use poses a particular risk for adolescents during puberty, when their body and personality are still developing.
The consequences of using cannabis.
What are the effects and side effects of cannabis?
During and after smoking weed, the heart rate increases briefly and the blood pressure changes.
The conjunctiva turns red, the pupils dilate. As a result (because the pupils absorb more light), the light appears to be more intense than usual. Therefore, many people who smoke weed are a little “afraid of the light.”
The mouth and throat can become dry and sometimes cause discomfort. Cannabis also stimulates appetite.
Muscles relax, reflexes and reactions slow down.
Decreases attention and, as a result, the ability to concentrate.
Dizziness may occur when taking high doses of THC. The movement can get tiresome.
The higher the dose, the stronger the effect. High doses can also cause anxiety, hallucinations, or anxiety.
Cannabis can also be a trigger for the emergence of “sleeping” severe mental illnesses, so-called psychosis.
These effects do not have to happen all together or to the same extent. Each person responds individually to cannabis use. Effects vary by dose, type of consumption, person, current condition, and situation.
The symptoms listed here may have other reasons. These symptoms usually go away when you quit using cannabis.